Engaged Buddhist Training

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Engaged Buddhist Training from ecodharma centre on Vimeo.

To meet the social and ecological challenges of our times requires deep inner resources, interpersonal skills and fresh political thinking. Engaged Buddhist Training equips us for this kind of radical inner and outer transformation. Check out the work we’ve been developing at ecodharma.com. We hope it inspires you to join us!

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Free Orientation – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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Free MBSR Orientation July 13th, 6:45pm
(required if you intend to register for the class*) *If you cannot attend the Orientation, please contact Savanna at savannajoluraschi@gmail.com to schedule a phone interview.

WHAT IS Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)? In this program you will learn to access and cultivate your natural capacity to actively engage in caring for yourself and find greater balance, ease, and peace of mind. MBSR uses meditation, yoga, inquiry and informal daily mindfulness practices as a way of training people to relate differently to the stresses in their lives.

The Skills • Practical coping skills • Methods for being more at ease • Strengthen the body and release muscular tension • Greater awareness • Face change with greater ease and creativity • Be more proactive and less reactive

The Process The class meets once a week for 2 ½ hours and is a combination of mindfulness practices, group sharing of experience with practice, and exploration of topics such as mindfulness, stress, and communication. In addition, there is an All Day of practice that occurs between the 6th and 7th week of the 8-week program and some at-home practice.

The History MBSR was created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn who founded in 1979 the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It was originally developed for patients in chronic pain, undergoing intensive treatments for cancer, AIDS and other serious illness, but has since expanded and been incorporated into the daily lives of ten of thousands of people, whether they are dealing with the stress of illness or the stress of daily life.

Read more about MBSR here:
http://www.unfetteredpath.com/mbsr/

• Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Summer Cycle 2016 

Frequently Asked Questions about MBSR If you are considering taking an MBSR course, take a moment to read this FAQ http://bit.ly/1oJYNht. If you would like further information please contact Savanna Jo Luraschi at savannajoluraschi@gmail.com.

Want to learn more about MBSR?  Check out the research here.  http://www.unfetteredpath.com/mbsr/

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Meetings with Dhardo Rimpoche, one of Sangharakshita’s main teachers. (part one)

Meetings with Dhardo Rimpoche (part one) from Clear Vision Trust on Vimeo.

In 1987 Clear Vision filmed Dhardo Tulku Rimpoche, one of Sangharakshita’s main teachers and friends, whose life profoundly influenced how the FWBO/Triratna Buddhist Community developed. Two fascinating programmes resulted.

In part one Dhardo Rimpoche talks about: his discovery as an incarnate Lama; the early years of training; his gurus; why he journeyed to India; developing a monastery at Bodh Gaya; major turning points in his spiritual life and the importance of meditation.

Watch part two here vimeo.com/30390744

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What is depression? – Helen M. Farrell


Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.

TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators.

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Danceitation

Meanwhile in the UK

“Danceitation is borderline revolutionary. It is a rebuke to anyone who thinks dancing is synonymous with tequila, or that meditation means incense and harem pants.”
– Indigo Memoirs, London

“Better than a year of psychoanalysis, a bottle of prozac and a flask of whiskey!”
– N, New York

http://www.danceitation.com

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How chronic stress can affect the brain’s size, structure, and how it functions:


Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.

TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators.

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Converting Out of Caste: Triratna on the BBC Sun 17 Apr 2016

Maitriveer-Nagarjuna-1200-webListen to this recent BBC radio documentary featuring our very own Maitriveer Nagarjuna! It is about why the Dalits, after generations of oppression, are converting to Buddhism. An interesting listen in that it highlights the problems of caste, which it calls apartheid, as well as the current difficulties the new Buddhists face as they leave the dominant Hindu culture. However, I think it presents conversion to Buddhism as a reaction against Hinduism and underplays the inspiration of following the Buddhist path itself. She says that Dr Ambedkar embraced Buddhism as a political move, when Dr Ambedkar talked of conversion as having both spiritual and material benefits for his people, and for himself as having purely spiritual benefits. He had a deep feeling for the spiritual life and a lifelong interest in Buddhism. As he said himself “Whatever good things I have in me or whatever have been the benefits of my education to society, I owe them to the religious feelings in me”. What is true is that Ambedkar did ‘open the lock on caste’. We have a unique opportunity to help people open a door to a different way of living, to transformation of self and society in the light of the Dhamma. What do you think of the programme?

BBC recording: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03qkq4

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Urthona – a Journal of Buddhism and the Arts

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Urthona is a lively, glossy magazine packed with reviews, art features, photography features, in depth essays on art, music & literature and much more – everything about the arts from a spiritual viewpoint, written by Buddhists for Buddhists!

Urthna-mag-webCurrent issue: Goddesses east and west. Anne Baring on the goddess image. Stunning photographs of Tibet by Mariisa Roth. Ted Hughes and the goddess by Dhivan Thomas Jones. Further details in URTHONA SHOP

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Our site: www.urthona.com

Essays and much more: urthonaessays.wordpress.com

Read interviews with remarkable artists like Sahaja who has been painting canvases of Vajrasattva – Buddha of primordial purity.
See a wide selection of high quality reproductions of work by artists at the cutting edge of turning dharma into image.
Savour ten pages of poetry by Buddhist and others, plus poetry reivews of your favourite modern poets.
Be informed about developments and new work in the Triratna arts community.

IFor more details and to subscribe go to www.urthona.com

For editor’s blog with intriguing thoughts on art, nature, society and the universe, plus longer essays on Blake, Seamus Heaney, Aro Paart and much more go tourthonaessays.wordpress.com

A bit more about Urthona (see websites for lots more about our vision and our mission!)

The Blake connection: Urthona magazine takes its name from William Blake’s spirit of the Imagination, Urthona, one of the four Zoas. In his temporal form Los, Urthona is the archetypal blacksmith who labours at his forge to beat out forms which will awaken mankind from spiritual slumber and remind us that this world is ‘all one continued vision of Fancy or Imagination.’

Urthona’s Mission: Our focus is mainly on European and American art, literature and music, from Lucian Freud or James Macmillan to Shakespeare and Sophocles. Most of our writers are buddhists but we do interviews and feature the work of anyone whose work is inspired and relevant to modern spiritual seekers. There are also features on Eastern Buddhist art, for example on Japanese poetry. We explore particularly the work of artists and thinkers who are working to bring about cultural renewal by expressing the sacred dimension of the arts in ways which are relevant to the 21st century. We investigate artists and writers from all eras and cultures who, to borrow a phrase from Nietzsche, ‘grope their way along new experiences, open up new tracks’…Urthona is a magazine for those who are interested in the cultivating the imagination as means to self development. We see the arts as tools of spiritual transformation.

How to find us: Urthona is published annually, in late Autumn. It is sold in all larger Triratna centres & by subscription from the website. If you would like to see it at your centre or group please e mail us! Urthona is a 64 page, A4 format, colour magazine, with a stylish design.

Editor: Ratnagarbha

www.urthona.com

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